Austin Interfaith Leverages County Vote for Public Defenders Office

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Austin Interfaith Leverages County Vote for Public Defenders Office

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Ofelia Zapata of San Jose Catholic Church and Austin Interfaith reported to the Austin American Statesman that she teamed up with judges to build a hybrid model that would improve indigent defense once she learned of their similar interest.  Leaders lobbied County Commissioners to support the establishment of a defender’s office that would assign lawyers to the cases of poor defendants.  The first year, Travis County would receive about $700 thousand from the state to establish the new office....